Senior Transportation Planner, The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study

The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS) is seeking a SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER. An employee in this position is responsible for independently performing transportation studies. The incumbent is responsible for defining the scope of the study, performing the research and data gathering, performing analysis and evaluation and drafting recommendations. This is a Civil Service tested position. 

Typical work activities: 

  • Analyzes transportation projects in regards to their size, relationship to existing and proposed transportation facilities, feasibility, impact, cost, possible alternatives, compliance with local, regional, statewide planning goals, legal and funding constraints, environmental, social and economic impact; 
  • Prepares recommendations about projects and project elements; 
  • Consults with agency staff and representatives of State, Federal and local governments and regulatory authorities about projects; 
  • Attends hearings, conferences and meetings and makes presentations about transportation studies and issues; 
  • Develops, implements and maintains data inventory, collection and analysis systems, including supporting documentation based on agency needs; 
  • Prepares reports, brochures and other descriptive material related to transportation planning activities; 

Required skills and abilities: 

  • Good knowledge of the principles, procedures and techniques used in transportation planning, project development and evaluation; 
  • Good knowledge of statistical and information collection, manipulation, analysis techniques, procedures and methods; 
  • Good knowledge of GIS 
  • Good knowledge of agency program operations, goals and objectives; 
  • Good knowledge of techniques used to evaluate transportation safety, financing and regulations as well as social, environmental and economic impact; 
  • Good knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures governing the transportation planning program; 
  • Ability to plan, organize and schedule work; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; 
  • Ability to draw conclusions, identify important findings, forecast trends and select approaches consistent with findings; 

Minimum Qualifications: 

A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s Degree in urban planning, transportation planning, geography, civil engineering, transportation engineering; OR

B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, economics, statistics, transportation planning, geography, civil engineering, transportation engineering, or closely related field and two years of experience in transportation planning; OR 

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A) and B) above. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT: Possession of the appropriate level Motor Vehicle Operator’s License. 

Salary: $47,855 




Jennifer Yonkoski, Director
Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study
60 Hawley Street, PO Box 1766
Edwin L Crawford Bldg., 5th Floor

Binghamton, NY 13902

DEADLINE PASSED: Local Government Specialist 1, Grade 18: Department of State

The Department of State is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Local Government Specialist 1.  The individuals selected will be employed on a provisional pending examination basis in the Division of Local Government.  There are currently two positions available. Applications are due June 22, 2017.

 SALARY: Grade 18 ($55,494 - $70,566)

 LOCATION: 99 Washington Avenue
                     Albany, New York

DUTIES: The core responsibility of a Local Government Specialist 1 in the Department of State’s Division of Local Government is to function as a direct resource for local government officials, though training and technical assistance in land use planning and regulation, local finance and administration processes, and community development planning and implementation.  As a Local Government Specialist 1, you will be expected to perform the following functions:

  • draft and deliver training courses to local government officials on land use planning and regulations, community development, municipal operation and management, and opportunities for efficiencies in the delivery of local services;
  • provide technical assistance on planning and zoning matters, operational, efficiency and municipal management, and local government consolidation to local officials;
  • draft written materials to guide local officials on comprehensive planning, and land use regulation, consolidation of services, government efficiency, and other management topics;
  • assist local government officials on implementing long-range planning; facilitating inter-agency cooperation; and identifying, analyzing, and proposing solutions to community development needs;
  • prepare research and policy recommendations to offer resolutions to programmatic and public policy issues through the development of intergovernmental partnerships and municipal consolidation;
  • promote performance measurement to assess the effectiveness of local governments;
  • assist with the implementation of new policies and plans that affect New York's local governments; and,
  • manage community development and local government efficiency projects, including review of applications and administration of state contracts for the delivery of local government projects. 

This position often works independently in the field and requires regular statewide travel as well as frequent evening hours.

Six years of experience in developing and analyzing policy, developing strategies, and implementing programs dealing with local government issues related to land use and comprehensive planning, service delivery, economic development or finance at a state or local level.

 Substitution:  An associate’s degree may substitute for two years of experience.  A bachelor’s degree may substitute for four years of experience. A master’s degree or juris doctorate may substitute for five years of experience.

Please submit a cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position by  July 7, 2017  to:

NYS Department of State
Bureau of Human Resources Management
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1150
Albany, NY 12231-0001
Fax (518) 402-3656

In compliance with Public Law 99-603, candidates selected for appointment must provide original copy of documentation proving citizenship and/or legal right to work within 3 days of effective date of employment.

For more information, see this link.




Transportation planning experience, preferably some experience with infrastructure and operations planning, capital program management, and project management. Strong technical skills, writing skills, and presentation skills are important, as well as strong organizational skills. Demonstrated success in budgeting for and managing planning tasks are required. Proficiency in the use of GIS and other analytic tools is considered a plus. CDTC’s work environment requires every staff member to display sound judgment and initiative in working with limited supervision. The individual selected will be expected to independently develop task work programs, conduct technical work, engage with stakeholders and the public, manage consultant assistance and complete successful planning efforts in a timely fashion. Interested individuals should possess a Master’s Degree in transportation planning, urban and regional planning, or related field. 


  • Undertake limited transportation studies with minimum supervision. 
  • Undertake major data analysis and research tasks. 
  • Prepare documentation of transportation studies and make presentations. 
  • Serve as a liaison with one or more transportation planning agencies in the region to provide information and/or assistance on various transportation-related tasks. 
  • Represent CDTC at public or technical meetings directly related to work efforts. 
  • Responsible for preparation of portions of major CDTC planning elements including UPWP, RTP, TIP, etc. 
  • Supervise technical and support staff on individual task basis. 


The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York, and the employees of the Capital District Transportation Committee are not state employees. However, CDTC employees do participate in the New York State and Local Retirement System, and do receive fringe benefits that are similar to state employees, including medical and dental insurance; and vacation, personal, and sick leave. 

Salary range begins at $56,201. 


Send cover letter and resume to: 

Capital District Transportation Committee
One Park Place
Albany, New York 12205


DEADLINE PASSED: 16th Annual Meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association

This is a reminder that the registration deadline for the 16th Annual Meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association, June 12 - 14 in Binghamton, NY, is next Tuesday, June 5.  You may register online at  The full brochure may be viewed at 2017 Annual Meeting Brochure and Registration.  You can register online on the website or by mail.  If you plan to register by mail, please scan and email the registration page to and include information about your method of payment such as check in mail, check at door, credit card online, or send a voucher.  We will not be able to accept credit cards at the door. 

Please note that the bus tour on Tuesday afternoon is completely full at this time.  However you may still register for the workshops and plenary session.

Each full day or half day workshop has been accredited for engineering continuing education credits.  NYS Code Official credits are available for "The NFIP, An Overview," "Elevation Certificates," and "Disaster Preparedness for Building Code/Floodplain Officials."  All sessions will receive continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers.  Finally, we are anticipating receiving continuing education credits for all sessions for planners.
The Wednesday short presentations will not receive engineering or code credit.

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Nechamen by email or call him at 518-402-8146.  The NYS Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff, so please be patient if we are unable to respond immediately.

2017 Community Outreach Internship, Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board

Southern Tier East (STE) Regional Planning Development Board is seeking a temporary, part-time assistant to support public outreach campaign and host public events. The community outreach intern should be excited to work as an events coordinator, social media publisher, and brand speaker at public events for the Broome Tioga Stormwater Coalition (BTSC). We’re looking for a candidate who possesses attention to detail, an ability to translate vision into action, and has a personable approach to working with crowds to promote the waterfromrain public education and outreach campaign. This is an excellent opportunity to utilize social media platforms to further the mission and increase the visibility of the BTSC and STE.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with event logistics and preparation including but not limited to: event coordination, presentation materials and volunteer assistance.
  • Professional writing, including maintaining a social media presence and preparing responses, campaigns, promotional materials and follow-up reporting.


  • Newly graduated or enrolled at a Community College or University, with a degree in Planning, Marketing, Public Relations, Event Coordination, Communications, or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, including but not limited to written communication, social media, telephone calls and in-person interaction.
  • Must be available to work some Thursdays and Fridays & Saturdays.
  • Flexibility and desire to work in an office setting and at outdoor events.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Google Docs. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software and GIS a plus.
  • Position approximately 10 hours per week.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and/or ability to travel between Binghamton and Owego.
  • How to Apply:

Applications for our Community Outreach Intern should include a cover letter, telling us your story and interests, as well as your résumé, and a work sample if available. Submit your application as a single PDF file via email to

DEADLINE PASSED RFP: City of Rome Turney Site Redevelopment

The City of Rome is proud to welcome potential development proposals at the former Rome Turney Radiator site on Canal Street. This is a unique opportunity for development along one of Rome’s entrance corridors leading to the resurgent center city area known as Downtown Rome. 

The site located in a Brownfield Opportunity Area, not only offers NYS Brownfield tax credits, but coupled with a NYS RESTORE grant and National Grid funds, provides a potential developer with the seed money necessary to assist a substantial redevelopment project. 

The City of Rome is host to the area’s largest Business and Technology Park at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, hosts of 1 of only 6 FAA certified drone test facilities in the United States which puts Rome at the forefront of new technology and initiatives related to the next generation drones, and is in close proximity to the SUNY POLY campus where site preparations are ongoing to advance a chip fabricator. 

For more information, see the Full RFP, and the Legal Notice

DEADLINE PASSED: Records Management and Archivist Intern, City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development is an interdisciplinary office of professionals that apply progressive urban planning practices to preserve and protect neighborhoods, manage and promote adaptive land use, and guide sustainable growth in our community. The Department is seeking 2 unpaid interns to organize and archive documents, photographs and maps related to the Historic Resources Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Board. The Records Management and Archivist Interns will assist City Planners in the extraction of data from paper records, digitization and organization. 

For more information, see the Attached Document

DEADLINE PASSED: City Planning Intern, City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development is an interdisciplinary office of professionals that apply progressive urban planning practices to preserve and protect neighborhoods, manage and promote adaptive land use, and guide sustainable growth in our community. The Department is seeking 2 unpaid interns to assist Planners in project review, regulatory and public noticing compliance, and the administration of the Historic Resources Commission (HRC), Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and Planning Board (PB). 

For more information, see the Attached Document


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThis position will open in September of 2017 in the Chemung County Planning Department.  Responsibilities will include the direct supervision and coordination of all operations and programs of the County Planning Department and of the Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC).  The position plans, organizes, and produces major planning and research projects delegated by the County Executive and/or the County Legislature and it administers all operations of the County Planning Board.  The position also directs all operations of the metropolitan transportation planning organization (the ECTC).  In this role the position is responsible to the State Department of Transportation and to Federal transportation agencies for reaching consensus among all local chief elected officials regarding the programming of all Federal funds for highway, bridge, and public transit projects within Chemung County.  This is high-level professional planning and administrative work requiring leadership skills and the exercise of independent judgment in conducting current and future planning studies for the County.  Close supervision is exercised over professional and clerical employees.  Performs related work as required.   


  • Prepares applications for Federal or State funding of economic development, public facilities improvements, and governmental service-sharing projects;
  • Conducts and/or coordinates environmental and fiscal impact analyses, land development project reviews, and comparable research tasks delegated by the County Executive;
  • Prepares and presents background information and action recommendations to the County Legislature, the County Planning Board, the ECTC's Planning and Policy Committees, and other project oversight bodies;
  • Represents the County Executive and/or County Planning Board in cooperative programs with other public bodies and organizations, and serves as the Planning Officer in the County's Incident Command Structure during area wide emergency events;
  • Responsible for achieving voting consensus among the ECTC's local elected leaders (County Executive, Elmira City Mayor, et al.) to determine which transportation projects and studies are to be Federally and State funded;
  • Prepares and administers the ECTC's annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP);
  • Coordinates and develops, with NYSDOT regional staff, the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Chemung County, which authorizes and programs Federally-funded transportation capital projects and public transit operations within Chemung County;
  • Develops and implements the ECTC's 20-year long range transportation plan for Chemung County every five years;
  • Supervises the Planning Department's and the ECTC's professional and clerical employees and periodically oversees contractual consultants for special projects;
  • Develops and manages the Planning Department's and the ECTC's annual operating budget by authorizing all departmental purchases and expenditures;
  • Maintains all vital departmental records;
  • Provides in-service training for the Planning Department and ECTC employees and provides annual training opportunities for members of the County Planning Board and for local zoning, planning, and governing board members.


Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, and techniques of urban and transportation planning and analysis; good knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and codes governing land use, public facilities, and transportation systems; good knowledge of the principles of personnel management, budgeting, grants administration, and public finance; good knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, GIS, and internet applications; good knowledge of methods and techniques of research and analysis; and good knowledge of basic cartography, orthoimagery, and spatial analysis concepts and applications.  Experience in preparing and delivering presentations before groups of people is highly desirable.  The position requires some travel and occasional evening or weekend work. AICP certification is desirable but not required.


(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a field closely related to urban or regional planning and six (6) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, community, transportation, or regional planning work, of which four (4) years must have been in a supervisory capacity; OR

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or a field closely related to urban or regional planning and seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in municipal, community, transportation, or regional planning work, of which four (4) years must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Applications for this position must include a cover letter, professional resume, and three professional references.

Applications should be submitted to Randy J. Olthof, Commissioner of Planning, 400 East Church Street, Elmira, N.Y. 14901 or by email to

DEADLINE PASSED: 2017 MAPD Annual Conference

June 15-16, 2017
Crowne Plaza Pittsfield-Berkshires
One West Street, Pittsfield, MA

We're headed west for the 2017 Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Annual Conference! We will host this year's conference in Pittsfield at the Crowne Plaza. The Conference Committee has shaken up the programming this year! In addition to a keynote address from the Mayor of Pittsfield, Linda Tyer, we have not two but THREE concurrent sessions in four time blocks, a tour and reception at the Colonial Theater, and three plenary sessions. Please check out the MAPD website for more details.

And if that wasn't enough excitement, we invited New York State planners in the Capital District to join us for this conference. We look forward to networking with our New York counterparts!

We had an incredible response to the call for session proposals this year and are excited to include the following topics:

  • Recovering Planners - Planning Directors moving into Town/City Management roles
  • Municipal Perspectives on Complete Streets
  • Broadband access and economic development
  • Community Engagement and Outreach
  • Assessing Impacts of Residential Development
  • Greening Your Community 
  • and MORE! 

Check out the DRAFT 2017 MAPD Conference Program for more information. Conference Registration is open until June 7th, so act now to reserve your spot at this not-to-be-missed conference!

And....Don't Forget to Book your Hotel by May 14th!

MAPD reserved a block of rooms on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th at the Conference site, Crowne Plaza Pittsfield. The rate is $109 a night. To reserve your room, please call 413-499-2000Rooms must be reserved by May 14, 2017 to receive this rate.

DEADLINE PASSED: City of Ithaca: Deputy Director of Economic Development

The City of Ithaca seeks a dynamic high energy individual with proven experience as an innovative strategist. Candidates should be able to navigate the many influences currently impacting our City’s economic health in retail, commercial, service, housing, arts and entertainment, hospitality, and educational cultures, inclusive of the impact of online shopping. Candidate must have a proven tract record of assisting with challenges of large and small businesses with a keen eye on opportunities for their growth and success.

For more information see the Attached Document.

DEADLINE PASSED: Hudson Valley Summit coming June 2-3 to Poughkeepsie, register now!

Please join us at our regional conference in Downtown Poughkeepsie.  Participate in sessions focusing on the Mid-Hudson Valley, Downtown Revitalization, Adaptation to Climate Change, Retrofitting Suburbs, Tactical Urbanism, Urban Agriculture, and more!
The event begins Friday with late afternoon site tours followed by a welcome event and reception at CANVAS at Artists Palate, Poughkeepsie.  The Saturday program will be held at Changepoint Church, Poughkeepsie.

The cost of this two day event is $75.  AICP Credits will be available.

Register Here


Here is the flyer advertising the 2017 NYSAMPO Conference that will be held June 20-21 in Syracuse at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown,  100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. The DRAFT schedule is linked for planning purposes. 

Follow this link for more information and to register:   

Please be sure to book your room(s) when you register for the conference to get the special conference rate on the reserved room block. In addition, SMTC (on behalf of NYSAMPO) has committed to booking a defined number of rooms with the Marriott Syracuse Downtown and that target must be met by May 30th.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dana R. Crisino, AICP, as they have many opportunities available.






Upcoming Webcasts

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

May 12 – Ohio Chapter – The Next Disruptive Technology: Autonomous Vehicles – Speakers: Jason Study, AICP; Justin Robbins, AICP; Rick Stein, AICP

What was once a futuristic concept, often associated with pop culture, is not only possible, but is coming very soon to a roadway near you. Autonomous cars are precisely what the term “disruptive technology” describes. It is technology that will fundamentally change much of what we know about personal transportation—changing our habits, our preferences, and our opportunities, and nothing will be more impacted by these changes than our cities. As city planners, we must be on the forefront of understanding this technology and how we can prepare for the potential impacts. This presentation will include modeled scenarios for potential impacts to roadway networks, neighborhood development, and site design. Specific planning tasks such as comprehensive planning and zoning code revisions will be discussed as well, as they will be instrumental in preparing for, and adapting to, this emerging technology.

May 19 – open date!

June 2 – Women and Planning Division – Women in Planning: Leadership & Empowerment – Speakers: Corrin Hoegen Wendell; Kimberly Albano; Monica Tibbits, AICP, LEED AP BD+C

Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring conversation focused on leadership and empowerment within the workplace. This webinar will provide an opportunity for female planning professionals to learn more about the fundamentals of becoming an effective leader, strategies for advancement within your career and how to create a culture of supporting and empowering other female leaders. A panel of experienced female professionals will discuss a wide range of important topics including career growth and development, how to gain a valuable planning network, and share their own experiences and stories. Students, emerging and mid-career professionals, and seasoned planners alike will enjoy this collaborative and supportive webinar.

June 16 – Private Practice Division – A Road Map for Age-Friendly Communities – Speakers: Mildred Warner, Ph.D.; Jana Lynott, AICP; Alan Dela Torre, Ph.D.; Ramona Mullahey

America is aging:  The most dramatic change is in the 65-74 year old age category with the age wave of the Baby Boomer generation with far-reaching economic and socio-political consequences.  Population aging is viewed as a challenge and burden, especially, for communities unprepared for this demographic change.  Real progress will occur when challenge is transformed to opportunity.   APA’s Aging in Community Policy Guide can help frame planning solutions that foster new conversations, new coalitions, and new shared strategies that link the generations successfully to build livable communities for all.  In this session, planners will explore a community's capacity to foster aging-in-community in transportation, housing and community supports and connections:  three of the six Guiding Policies in the Policy Guide.

June 23 – Mississippi Chapter – Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities – Speaker: Mark Miller, Ph.D. 

How do we create employment, grow businesses, and build greater economic resilience in our low-income communities? How do we create economic development for everyone, everywhere – including rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, aging suburbs, and regions such as Appalachia, American Indian reservations, the Mexican border, and the Mississippi Delta – and not just in elite communities? Miller's forthcoming book Economic Development for Everyone (Routledge, June 2017) collects, organizes, and reviews much of the current research available on creating economic development in low-income communities: both the challenges these communities face in the current environment, as well as diverse ideas and opportunities for sustainable economic development.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at  

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – These 2016 webcasts are available for viewing throughout 2017 for CM Distance Education credits:

Fair Housing: Serious Responsibility, Serious Liability – LAW.  Event #9120416

Planning Ethics – Dealing with Problem Boards and Board Members – ETHICS.  Event #9119060